Australian Minister for Defense
Federal Defence Minister John Faulkner rules out withdrawing Australian troops from Afghanistan, alleging it would undo nine years of hard work.
Context: Australia, Minister for Defence
Diplomatic offices in Melbourne, Australia, are evacuated after suspicious packages were found.
Australia formally recognizes West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state but will not move its embassy from Tel Aviv until a peace settlement is reached with the Palestinians.
In Port Hedland, Australia, authorities deliberately derail a runaway train after the driver left the train for an inspection. The assemblage consisted of four locomotives and two hundred sixty-eight wagons, was operated by BHP Billiton on the Pilbara Railways, and traveled ninety-two kilometers. The train was en route from Newman to Port Hedland.
Flash flooding kills two people and causes major power outages in Sydney, Australia.